Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

Address: Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland | 4 star hotel
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      Historical Traveler Reviews Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Clonakilty

      Great spa, pity about the bar service.


      I did not stay at the hotel but I had a day spa break and so used the bar and spa facilities. I found the spa staff very friendly and unobtrusive. They made me feel really relaxed and unself-conscious, no mean feat when you are having seaweed daubed all over your practically naked body! The spa is very good value for money as you can buy day or afternoon packages which both entitle you to two or more treatments and the use of the thalasso pool, sauna, gym and relaxation room from 8 to 8! A very enjoyable break!

      However, the bar was a different story. I had a drink or a meal there on three occasions and each time there was a problem with service. We ordered coffee one morning and after waiting for nearly 30 minutes, we went to the bar to ask the waitress about the delay only to be told that we had not ordered coffee. She stuck to her guns until she found the receipt and then failed to apologise for her mistake, and served the coffee in a surly manner. I would take this for a once-off, except that each time I ordered in the bar, the delay was unacceptable. Granted it was high season, but I think the table set-up is disorganised and the whole impression of the bar is that the staff really don't know what they are doing.

      That said, I would go back, but I would give myself extra time for my meals!

      Lovely hotel, shame about the grumpy reception staff


      I treated my husband to a surprise weekend at the Inchydoney Hotel 2 years ago. It cost a fortune, but it was a special birthday, so I felt it was well worth it. The hotel itself is lovely - our room was spacious and very comfortable. The reception staff were dreadful and a major let-down of the hotel. Anytime we went to the reception staff, there were 1 or 2 staff on duty there, always on the phone chatting with friends and they would leave us standing there without even making eye contact. When they did see to us, it was obvious that they were annoyed we were there at all, interrupting their chat.. Breakfast was so-so. The first morning, we had Full Irish which had been sitting around for quite some time. The second morning we ordered fresh fish from the menu which thankfully was cooked fresh for us. All in all, we enjoyed our weekend and will return again. Hopefully by then the reception staff will have improved by then, or even better maybe replaced. The porter is worth a mention - a lovely guy. Great sense of humour and very helpful. Obviously he had been there a long time. Also, the restaurant staff were lovely.

      Wonderful setting


      I spent my coming of age ( 50 years ) here, and the tranquil setting was fantastic. We did eat in the restaurant, but the food was too rich, and nouveau. Also we had a bad experience in the spa, having stupidly booking up our treatments the day after an Irish world cup match. Half of the staff failed to turn up! What did I really expect. However we were compensated and it did not detract from the stay. The beach walks were great, and a stroll into clonakilty helped work up a thirst. When I can afford it, I will go back

      Very relaxing hotel


      My wife and two young daughters spent 3 nights here in the week before Easter. We found the service to be generally excellent - friendly and attentive from staff, many of whom seem to be from countries that have newly joined the European Union.

      The hotel is well designed, particularly the public areas. The standard of food and service in the restaurant was excellent and the food in the pub was good value and particularly liked by our kids.

      The spa pool took our kids a day to get used to because of the sting of the salt water, but they ended up loving it. The jacuzzi and other water features are integrated into the main pool, which makes for an interesting experience quite different from a normal, bland swimming pool.

      The hotel was completed in 1998 and some areas are beginning to show their age. For example, carpets in public areas are getting a bit threadbare and repairs made to the roof and tiles in the pool look very messy.

      The hotel is by no means cheap, but we thought overall it provided good value for money, particularly bearing in mind that the beaches are literally outside the front door.



      Got Married in this hotel and could'nt recommand a better hotel in Ireland. Location, Service, food, rooms, view...the list goes on and on...

      If you are anywhere near Cork, give this one a won't be disapointed!



      My father is a wheelchair user and has recently returned from the Inchydoney after a 3 night break. After reasurrance from 3 different employees we were told the hotel was disabled friendly, they arrived to find the lift broken which meant my mother and father had to have their breakfast in the Bistro. This hotel is not disable friendly, no access possibe to the Spa amenities due to the steps that lead to it and also problems with the side entrances. All in all a very disappointing and expensive trip. Please also note this hotel will not take switch cards as payment which meant my parents had difficulty settling the bill. Very disappointing throughout.

      Great location - awful service


      This hotel is in the most amazing location, beautiful beaches. However, the hotel is meant to be 4* but the service is most definitely not.

      Having tried to order drinks there, eat in the bar, order tea/coffee - it is a nightmare. There is no visible management - expect to wait up to 40 mins for your drink to arrive, and an hour or so for the most basic of food.

      Overall the experience is poor and disappointing.

      Peace and Quiet in Southern Ireland


      Well, this was a find. After some time in Cork and then a sojourn in Kinsale, I found this place by accident. A lovely, understated spa and lodge right on the beach, with views and de-stressing moments.

      Certainly felt right at home, meeting some surfers, while taking a morning walk. The pub is wonderful, good stew and Murphy's to boot. The restaurant was lovely, with sea motifs and fabulous food. There's a drawing room where the guests can drink and enjoy a good book, conversation, a pot of tea, or some games. Hate to even write about this find, but it's a wonderful place to stay if you're touring Ireland. Or, if you're on business like me and don't even have a car, it's worth the taxi from Kinsale.

      Out of this world


      Beautiful hotel, great staff, all rooms have amazing sea views - outstanding location. Well worth a visit.



      Aboslutely fantastic location and superb service - couldn't be better

      TripAdvisor Reviews Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Clonakilty

      4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

      Travel Blogs from Clonakilty

      A Gift of Eloquence and a Lively Concert

      A travel blog entry by craigmorris on Jun 16, 2014

      2 comments, 72 photos

      ... Luke and Matthew all went to the Barbers. They look good now!

      Many had lunch around the city center of sandwiches, soups and salads. Craig and i found the English Market. It was great - here they sell fresh fruit, veggies, meats and cheeses etc.. and up top there have a cafe there where it’s like “farm to table” food. Yummy.

      Since Cork just won the All Ireland Hurling semi-finals - I got everyone a ...

      Tuesday & Wednesday in Cork with the family

      A travel blog entry by akreyling on Mar 04, 2014

      ... very interesting to say the least but we all stuck to the game shows that are from the UK which are actually pretty interesting to watch. We went out for italian that night. I had a salad, which was so delicious. Should have gotten pasta because it all looked delicious, but I will save that for when I am in Italy in a couple of weeks.

      Wednesday, unfortunately I had class from 12-1 and 2-4 which I was ...

      A rainy day for our journey to Cork

      A travel blog entry by aerial.tennille on Sep 17, 2013

      5 photos

      ... so we decided to stop in there & have a look around. Unfortunately on our way there we got a flat tyre & had to head straight to our accommodation & organise the tyre to be repaired. Lucky Dane knows how to change a tyre as I don't think RACQ would have come to my rescue in Ireland. I did manage to help screw the spare on though (don't stress, Dane checked & tightened all the ...

      Do you remember your first kiss?

      A travel blog entry by apguastaferro on Jan 12, 2013

      12 photos

      ... down with your eyes closed, and a beautiful lake near the ending of the grounds. There is also a clearing that is private property, but is beautiful to look at. Now this might sound a bit strange since I was in Ireland two weeks prior to seeing Blarney, but when I first saw this clearing it finally hit me that I was in Ireland, it was exactly what I imagined when I thought of studying abroad there, ...

      An Irish Weekend

      A travel blog entry by juliaisinlondon on Mar 10, 2012

      13 photos

      ... exactly as your would picture an Irish pub with live music playing in the back.

      The next day spent the morning exploring Cork. We wandered into an English market full of fresh food and some incredible smells. We bought 4 scones for a euro and a shot of melted chocolate for another. That afternoon we took a day trip to Kinsale, a small port town outside of Cork. Being the off season we were amongst the ...